Climate

China is the third biggest country in the world, with the second lowest inland depression (Turpan) and some of its highest peaks (Everest and K2 are both partly in China). Its far northeast shares the same weather patterns as Siberia, and its far southwest the same sub-tropical climate as northern Thailand.

In the north, early spring and late autumn are the best times to travel, both offering warm, dry days and cool, dry evenings. During March and April winds blow away the pollution but sometimes bring sand from the Gobi and topsoil from high ground to the northeast of Beijing, increasingly desiccated by the mismanagement of water resources. The sky can at times turn a vivid yellow.

In the south, November to February brings a welcome drop both in temperature and in all-pervasive humidity, although in Hong Kong all public interiors and many private houses are air-conditioned to cryogenic temperatures year-round.

Central China, lacking the sea breezes that moderate the coast's summers and make its winters more temperate, has some of the country's most searing summer temperatures and bitterest winters, but it also escapes the worst of the humidity. Tibet has spring-like days in the summer but far milder winters than most people expect, at least in Lhasa, made endurable by the dryness of the climate. The northwest has perhaps the greatest range of temperatures, with severe summers and winters alike, but it is also largely dry.

Average Temperature Celsius/Fahrenheit

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